The artist and the Shop Guru at Silver Falls, October 2014, and in Ireland at the Dublin Zoo, January, 2017.
Thanks so much for visiting our site. I started on my glasswork obsession in about 2012, taking some fusing classes at a shop in Glendale, Arizona. I have always been into creating – it started with quilting, and morphed into beadwork, metals, and it was a natural jump from there to glass. Glass has taken a hold and won’t let go! I moved in 2013 to what I consider the glass mecca, Portland, Oregon, of which I’m very thankful, since it’s super easy to drive across town and pick up what I need, and save a FORTUNE on shipping! Plus, have you ever been to Phoenix in the summer? Try running a kiln at about 1500 degrees when it’s 115 outside – not really fun. MUCH better when the average monthly temperature in July is usually 80 or so.
I really enjoy a whole lot of different techniques, which you’ll see on this site. Check out the WORK pages for what's new, and the popular items that are always in stock and customized. I keep thinking I'll pick a technique and stick to it, then something else piques my interest.
We provide custom created glass designs, including the designs shown here, as well as custom work, large and small. We specialize in the unique. You'll be more than pleased with what you take home from Copper Glassworks!
A little more information about my art...
Recently I decided to make some changes, and have started graduate school, yes, at my age. It's already been a great learning process, and I've been posting some photos of the work I'm creating during my classwork. It will limit the time I spend at events, but I am still firing up the kilns while I'm in classes. I've already got some great ideas for what I'm hoping will be some very unique work!!
Here's a change that I've made to my artist statement...
I am drawn to representational abstraction, with color, hue, gradations and gestural marks in my work. Nature and natural aspects of my environment are my preference in what I choose to interpret. I select images, concepts, or ideas for inspiration, and deconstruct them in a way that interpretation is left to the viewer, much like an inkblot, even as my intent is left transparent. My work can sometimes radiate a cold violence, much like an angry sea; or sometimes a haunting beauty, like the calm after a storm. To test the boundaries and sharpen my abstractions, experimentation and the accidental are a large part of my work. My canvas is typically not canvas at all – but can be wood, glass, silk or metal.